"Lester the Lion"
Oil on Board
30" x 40"
During my time at the BU graduate studios I've had a series of small and large blessings. One large blessing has been the befriending of a Mr. Lester Henry, whom I affectionately call "Lester the Lion." Lester is a native of the island of Jamaica and his smile, his presence, his humorous manner and wit radiates joy. He's a young soul for a man in his mid-70's.
He's the parking attendant at the BU 808 Campus. During tumultuous mornings building up to crits, or during days loaded with snow so thick you'd think the sun would never rise again, Lester made me smile, "Be of good courage, and put your trust in the Lord and 'e will steng'ten your heart" he'd say.
Many people have said the same of Lester. He's our angel in the AM.
Lester Lion, my big brother. I salute you.
PS: Lester kissed the painting when I gave it to him, "O' sheet! It's meee!" he said.